Best Practices

Towards Imagination & Effectiveness: A Letter from the Editor

By Ted Cockle

The new year has sparked some exciting developments for Ideas. Our hope is that Ideas would become—through brief and thoughtful discussions—a hub for...

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Research & Reviews

Theory as Healer

By Johann Ducharme

A look at the world of student development through various research paradigms provides new insight into the nature and purposes of our work.

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Best Practices, Current Issues

3 Foundational Principles in Student Mediation

By Brian Gertler

Entry-level Student Development employees often have the tools and some experiences to feel confident in approaching student conflict and mediation, but...

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Research & Reviews

Life After Residence Life

By Lacy Tannous

I began my time as a Resident Director with no end in sight. It was a dream come true to work in Student Life at my alma mater, and while I did not deny the...

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Research & Reviews, Current Issues

5 Things You Should Know Before You Send Your Kid to College

By Jennifer Jukanovich

The following piece was originally published online with Christianity Today Twenty-seven years ago this month, my mother dropped me off at Gordon...

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Best Practices, Research & Reviews

The Art of Saying Goodbye in a Culture of See You Later

By Jessica Fankhauser

I remember towards the end of a semester long study abroad trip in college when I read the beginning of John 13. Not the well-read section on Jesus washing...

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